Micah 6:1

The Lord Demands Justice, not Ritual

6:1 Listen to what the Lord says:

“Get up! Defend yourself before the mountains!

Present your case before the hills!”

Micah 6:3

6:3 “My people, how have I wronged you?

How have I wearied you? Answer me!

tn Or “plead your case” (NASB, NIV, NRSV); NAB “present your plea”; NLT “state your case.”

sn Defend yourself. The Lord challenges Israel to defend itself against the charges he is bringing.

sn As in some ancient Near Eastern treaties, the mountains are personified as legal witnesses that will settle the dispute between God and Israel.

tn Heb “let the hills hear your voice.”

tn Heb “My people, what have I done to you?”